Local Artist to Give Fall Classes at Spruce Grove Art Gallery

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Now is the time to embark on an artistic project.

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This fall, Parkland County artist Lisa Matthias will teach three classes for the Allied Arts Council at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery.

“Setting aside a few hours to do something creative is really something special. For a lot of people it’s just about being in the moment,” Matthias said.

The first asks the students to make an acrylic painting of an autumn landscape based on one of the four photographs taken by Matthias. The course will take place over two evening sessions and explore acrylic painting, color theory, mixing, brushwork, and more. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included.

This course is for students 16 years and older and costs $75. It will take place on October 20 and 27 (both Thursdays) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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The second class will teach students the basics of watercolor painting. Students will learn a wide variety of watercolor techniques, including stretching paper, color theory, achieving value and contrast, and composition. Students will complete one painting per class using still life, landscape and more as subject matter. No experience is necessary and a list of supplies will be provided for students to purchase on their own.

This course is for students 16 years and older and costs $110. It will take place every Thursday from Nov. 3 to Nov. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The third lesson will familiarize students with the basics of drawing and sketching. They develop and improve their drawing skills through a series of exercises and projects that build on each other each week. Students will learn to observe with precision, understand proportion, create depth and volume through value, create interesting compositions, and learn linear perspective. They will draw still lifes, landscapes, portraits and more using pencil, ink, charcoal and a variety of other drawing media. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included.

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This course is for students ages 12-19 and costs $85. It will take place every Monday from November 7 to November 28.

“I know a lot of people want to improve their drawing skills, so I try to fill some niches in the community,” Matthias said.

Primarily an engraver, Matthias will also be hosting two brand new one-design engraving workshops in December where students can print their own holiday-themed cards. The specific details of these workshops are still in preparation.

It’s a type of print Matthias has been experimenting with in her home studio in preparation for her upcoming exhibition at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery in January 2023. Unlike her usual woodcuts, she said monotype prints offer more support expressive resulting in a more unique end product.

“It’s going to be an intimate exhibition where I’ll show some of my smaller, more experimental works with the community,” Matthias said.

To learn more about other art classes offered at Spruce Grove this fall, visit alliedartscouncil.com.

“There is such a variety of people taking these courses. I want everyone to enjoy their time and come away with a lot of skills and information that they may not have had before,” Matthias said.



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